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Budget Reconciliation Bill Includes New Grant Program for STEM Students

Congress is on the verge of approving a new grant program that will provide up to $4,000 for low-income students pursuing STEM degrees in college. Read this and more in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2006_01_09_legupdate.htm.

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NSTA Relocates 2007 National Conference from New Orleans to St. Louis

After careful consideration and evaluation of the facts, the NSTA Board of Directors has decided to relocate the 2007 National Conference from New Orleans to St. Louis to be held on March 29–April 1, 2007. To read more about this decision in a special note from the NSTA Board of Directors, visit http://www.nsta.org/pressroom&news_story_ID=51448.

For those interested in submitting a session for the 2007 National Conference, the deadline is not far off—April 15, 2006. To submit a session online, visit http://ecommerce.nsta.org/sessions/proposal_submission.asp. Look for additional information about the 2007 Conference—including housing, sessions, and event—coming later this fall.

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Flummoxed by Formulas? Perturbed by Pi? Math, Newest in Stop Faking It! Series Now Available from NSTA Press for Grades 38 Science Educators

Like the other six titles in this award-winning, best-selling series, Math is meant for math-averse science teachers, homeschoolers, and homework-helping parents who may lack the background to teach math with confidence. As usual, series author Bill Robertson provides clear explanations, irreverent illustrations, and easy-to-follow activities…without problem sets to do or tests to take. Understand the concepts, and math is accessible and fun. To browse the book and to buy, visit http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB169X7.

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Bacteria are Everywhere Inquiry-Based Online Course Starts January 30

The University of Massachusetts (UMass) Extension Nutrition Education Program's three-module online course designed for science teachers in grades 6-12 is again being offered in 2006, starting with Bacteria are Everywhere, January 30–March 10. The course is designed to demonstrate inquiry-based learning; increase laboratory skills; share food science and safety ideas with peers worldwide; and develop meaningful student projects that meet National Science Education Standards. The two additional modules, Food Handling is a Risky Business and Current Controversies in Food Science, will be presented in March and April. For more information on this and the other modules, and to register, visit http://www.foodsafetyfirst.org.

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The NSTA Career Fair Comes to Anaheim—A Perfect Addition to Your Recruitment Plan

The NSTA Career Fair—April 7 in Anaheim—is sure to bring together a highly qualified and diverse group of candidates for all your job openings. The Career Fair is a cost-effective way to meet face-to-face with science educators actively seeking a new job. Don’t miss your opportunity to recruit at this dynamic event.
Visit http://careers.nsta.org/career_fair.asp for complete information or call 703-312-9231. Space is limited. Act Now!

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NSTA Members: Cast Your Vote Now in the NSTA 2006 Election

There’s still time to cast your vote in the 2006 NSTA Board of Directors and Council election. Members are encouraged to vote online at http://www.nsta.org/vote or mail in ballots before the January 30, 2006, deadline. Need your ballot number? Contact nominations@nsta.org.

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And Don't Forget... 

  • The Creation Controversy & The Science Classroom is the January NSTA Press book special, available at 30% discount on retail price when you purchase through the online Science Store. To browse the book and to order, visit http://www.nsta.org/onlinespecial2.

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